Storage Systems

For my first real post, I am going to talk about the ways I store my loose LEGO pieces.

I have been very fortunate in recent weeks to receive several large boxes of second hand LEGO. The quantities were so great that I need to revisit my storage solution for loose pieces.

My LEGO is sorted between bricks & big plates and everything else. Bricks are stored in two TROFAST storage units from IKEA. There is a tall unit with 10 drawers and a unit with 3 steps and 12 drawers. The stepped unit has the capacity to fit two small drawers in the place of one large one, so between these two units I have more than 25 drawers.

Where possible, bricks are sorted by colour with one drawer for 2x4 bricks and bigger, and the other for 2x2 and 2x3s.

Where there is not enough of any one colour or size, then I will combine them into one drawer. This is more prominent with the bricks 1x3 and longer, which are all stored together broken into two colour groups (dark and colourful). 

Storage trays and containers

Storage trays and containers

I have also dedicated 4 trays to the storage of plates larger than 1x4. These are broken into colours, one for black, another for greys, the third for yellow/white/orange/red and the last for blue/green/brown/pink/purple.

Large trays showing bricks

Large trays showing bricks

For the remainder of the LEGO, I use two different types of storage units from bunnings (Hardware store). One is a a deep, fixed size 8 compartment unit. I use these to store larger pieces such as wall bricks, car parts, tyres and arches.

The second storage unit is shallower one that has removable dividers. This means it can have between 8 and 24 compartments. These make up the bulk of the storage, storing plates sized 1x1 to 1x4, round studs, accessories and other components.

The expandable spaces mean I can adapt the trays based on the volume of one type or colour a piece. For example, my box for small plants has a 3 wide spot for flower stems but only a 1 wide spot for vines as I only have a few.

For the random pieces that don’t work in these systems or are just too big, I have a few giant LEGO bricks under my desk sorted vaguely by size. Soon I would like to get these into better storage where I can more easily see them. 

I have used these storage systems reliably for a few years now. I love that they can be easily increased or changed as your collection changes. The trays and containers are never too heavy to carry or move around and can be easily transported if you are going somewhere else to build or need to take them with you to an exhibition or event. They are also fairly cost effective, with the IKEA units at about $100 (AUD) and the containers costing between $8 and $10.

When it comes to displaying built sets, that is a whole other problem. I will talk about that in next weeks blog. Blog posts should be online each Monday.

Between now and then, I am off to Melbourne to show my wares at BrickVention 2016. It is my first interstate show so I am excited and nervous. But I think I might come home with a bit more than I start with. I will write up a blog about that adventure once I am home. But now I have to go put the finishing touches on my MOC and get it packed up to go!

I would also love to hear how you store your LEGO. Let me know in the comments or on Twitter and Facebook.